Edinburgh Journals

Pub-Crawling Edinburgh

An April 2001 trip to Edinburgh by Andria808

Quote: While I was going to school in Oxford, some friends and I hopped a train up to Edinburgh for Easter break.

Allison House Hotel

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Hotel

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This is a wonderful, adorable B&B, which, according to their website, was recently remolded. We got there fairly late at night after spending 8 hours on a train, so we were eager to settle in, have a meal, and crash. We dropped our luggage in our rooms and went to have a beer in the lounge. The bar in the lounge is on the honor system and fully stocked with everything you could want, as well as a description of all of the scotches they have. You take whatever you want from the bar and write down what you took and your room number. The lounge itself is cozy and intimate, with comfy chairs and couches. Once you settle in, it’s pretty hard to get back up again. We had two double...Read More

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Allison House Hotel
17 Mayfield Gardens
Edinburgh, Scotland
0800 3289003

Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre

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Attraction | "Scotch Whiskey Heritage Tour"

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This is a very fun way to spend part of the afternoon in Edinburgh. While you’re there, you can take the Scotch Whiskey Heritage Tour, which comes with a free sample. The tour begins in a room set up kind of like a church. The people on the tour file into a room and sit on benches with three vials in front of them. The vials represent the three stages of scotch whiskey development. After a brief smell test and rundown about the differences between single-malt, grain, and blended whiskeys, the tour moves into the next room. In the next room, a "ghost" tells you more about the history of scotch whiskey. This part of the tour was kind of hokey and pretty easy to tune out. I really have ...Read More

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Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre
354 Castlehill
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2NE
+44 131 220 0441

Downtown Ale Trail

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This is a perfect way to get to see the rest of the city. I’d recommend doing this the first night in town, because you get a feel for the layout of the city and see things other than the Royal Mile and the touristy areas. Some of the pubs are pretty far apart, but the walk is an excellent way to stay sober(er), and Edinburgh is a wonderful city to walk in. This works like any pub crawl: you go to the first pub and tell the bartender that you want to do the Downtown Edinburgh Ale Trail. We stumbled upon this completely by accident, I don’t remember if there are signs or if the bartender brought it up, but they won’t look at you like you’re crazy when you ask. When you tell the bartender, he o...Read More

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Downtown Ale Trail
Various pubs around town
Edinburgh, Scotland

Stirling Castle at Easter

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We stumbled into Stirling Castle very early Easter Sunday and immediately went to the Costa Coffee shop situated the lower level. That's right, in the middle of an imposing, and breathtaking castle there is a chain coffee shop. Regardless, I was grateful for the coffee. Stirling is a much more comfortable castle. That may not make too much sense, but I found it to be a lot less overwhelming than others. Edinburgh Castle is just daunting, there's no way to see it all, but Stirling is doable. We wandered throughout the castle and saw most of it in about an hour. The views are amazing: just green and lush and wonderful. It was still early, so there was a nice mist hanging over everything, and i...Read More